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ERIC Number: EJ1018647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Using Indigenous Educational Research to Transform Mainstream Education: A Guide for P-12 School Leaders
Harrington, Billie Graham; CHiXapkaid (Pavel, D. Michael)
American Journal of Education, v119 n4 p487-511 Aug 2013
The principal assertion of this article is that Indigenous research methodologies should be used to develop educational policies and practices for Native students. The history of American educational research is marred by a near complete dismissal of Indigenous knowledge, as Western research methodologies continue to define the landscape of P-12 education decision making in the United States. The purpose of this article is to embrace inquiry that draws on the Indigenous wisdom germane to Native communities. Otherwise, our educational policy and practice may continue to be dictated by a Western orientation and methodologies that have neither served us well in our past nor will serve us well in the future. The article begins with a historical overview and then focuses on current issues affecting school leadership (P-12), as they relate to the education of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians (and by extension, other Indigenous students). The article addresses the following areas: challenges to Western research methodologies, culturally relevant education, the development of school reform, and ideologies governing P-12 leadership development programs. To conclude, the article advances a rationale for including Indigenous research methodologies in the development of curriculum standards and testing programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001
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